An Australian man has been killed fighting in Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has confirmed.
Sage O’Donnell, from Victoria, died in action while “defending the freedom of the Ukrainian people”, according to his mother.
She said in a statement that the family is “devastated” by the news.
“Sage was much loved by his friends and family. Sage’s humour, kind heart, values and laughter will be dearly missed. We are devastated by our recent loss of Sage,” she said.
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“Sage chose to take action based on his empathy for the Ukrainian people, and the injustice that is taking place. He fell in love with Ukraine and its culture, and was humbled by the kindness and hospitality within his new community.”
The mother said Sage “chose to live his life true to his beliefs and cause”.
A DFAT spokesperson said they were “providing consular assistance to the family”.
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